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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on March 10, 2024.

Pope Francis: We have a duty to help women accept the gift of life

Mar 10, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that governments and civil society have a fundamental duty to help ensure that women are able... Read more


Catholic scholars sign essay on advancing culture that puts ‘life at the center’

Oct 25, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Nearly 30 prominent Catholic scholars have signed on to an essay calling for advancing “a Catholic vision of the human... Read more


Group behind abortion initiative sues Ohio over use of ‘unborn child’ in ballot language

Sep 1, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The ballot language states the proposed amendment would prohibit abortion restrictions “before an unborn child is determined to be viable.” Read more

The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

UK Catholic bishop speaks out after woman with Down syndrome loses abortion law appeal

Nov 29, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

In a ruling on Nov. 25, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK abortion law did not discriminate against... Read more

Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public

UK woman praying in public asked to ‘move on’ by local authorities

Nov 25, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Concerns about religious freedom in the UK are intensifying after local council officers confronted a woman on the south coast... Read more

The affected area in Bournemouth.

English town forbids making sign of the cross, using holy water near abortion center

Oct 18, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Council of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole in southern England has drawn red lines around an abortion provider and designated... Read more

Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.

Leading laywoman and Co-President of German 'Synodal Way' calls for 'nationwide provision of abortion'

Jul 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

A leading laywoman and co-president of the German "Synodal Way" has demanded that "abortion be made available nationwide". Read more


Puerto Rican Senate passes bill banning abortion after 22 weeks

Jun 24, 2022

By Walter Sánchez Silva

If passed in the House, the bill will go to the desk of the governor of Puerto Rico for his... Read more

An unborn baby at 20 weeks -- well within the second trimester, when dilation and evacuation abortions are commonly performed.

Supreme Court poised to hear biggest challenge to Roe v Wade in 48 years

Sep 17, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, presented its legal argument Monday for why the U.S. Supreme Court should... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican's Hall of Blessing Feb. 8, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis tells diplomats 'right to life' is a foundational human right

Feb 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told diplomats at the Vatican Monday that it is “painful” for him to see more countries move away... Read more

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs the Reproductive Health Act during a ceremony at the New York State Capitol in Albany, Jan. 22, 2019.

Lawsuit over NY abortion law says it could help enable domestic abuse

Jan 12, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the state of New York over its 2019 law legalizing some abortions throughout pregnancy.  Read more

New Jersey bill would preserve abortion protections, even if Roe overturned

Oct 2, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

As change on the US Supreme Court puts the future of legal abortion in doubt, some political leaders in New... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses the United Nations in a video message Sept. 21, 2020. Screengrab: Holy See UN.

Cardinal Parolin urges UN to return to founding ideals

Sep 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State asked the United Nations Monday to return to its founding ideals to protect the common... Read more

Planned Parenthood Location.

ACLU lawsuit targets 'sanctuary cities' for the unborn

Feb 26, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed lawsuits against seven Texas cities that have declared themselves “sanctuary cities” for... Read more

Tafida Raqeeb.

Parents of comatose girl in UK may take her abroad for treatment, court rules

Oct 3, 2019

The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that the parents of Tafida Raqeeb may take her to Italy for medical... Read more

Tafida Raqeeb.

UK High Court to hear case on medical treatment of Tafida Raqeeb

Jul 22, 2019

The High Court has agreed to hear in September a bid from the parents of Tafida Raqeeb to take her... Read more

The Royal London Hospital, where Tafida Raqeeb is comatose.

English bishop: Let's be cautious responding to comatose girl's situation

Jul 19, 2019

The English and Welsh bishops' representative on life issues urged Thursday that the public be reserved in judgement on the... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street, London. Via Shutterstock

Parents petition UK court to move comatose daughter to Italy

Jul 17, 2019

Parents of a comatose five-year-old are attempting to move their child to Italy from a London hospital after doctors in... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Say Mass for Vincent Lambert, Paris archbishop tells priests

Jul 10, 2019

The Archbishop of Paris, Michael Aupetit, has asked priests of his archdiocese to offer Mass for the intention of Vincent... Read more

Vermont bill would bar any government restrictions on abortion

Jan 25, 2019

A bill was introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives Tuesday that would prohibit public entities from interfering with or... Read more